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It was a battle to the final siren for MDU and Tarwin on Saturday. Both sides were eager to put up a competitive fight and, with a number of new players, it took a while for them to adjust. Conditions were perfect at Meeniyan, with no wind to give any advantage. MDU showcased a better brand of footy than it had displayed in the last couple of years, which resulted in a mere 12 point loss.

After a dead even first quarter, Tarwin pulled a way in the second with three extra goals on the board. Tarwin continued to increase its pressure and was winning the clearances.

MDU worked hard to close the gap in the third, but it was the fourth term that had spectators on the edge of their seats. MDU never gave up and kept Tarwin fighting for the lead. Inaccurate kicking had Tarwin looking like MDU may prevail, but the Sharks held on to claim the points. With two minutes to go, Tarwin got two goals past the posts to win the match. For MDU, Sam Wilson kept the pressure on across half back. Jake McMillan was instrumental on ball and Michael Smith went hard all day in the ruck against a tough opponent in Anthony Carroll. Carroll was named in Tarwin’s best. Lachlan Howes played a standout game in the forward, sharing the goaling glory with Dylan Garnham and William Edmonds. Brenton Taber was a vital presence in Tarwin’s back line.

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IT was a survival of the fittest after an even contest between Foster and Stony Creek saw the Tigers break away to a convincing win.

The stage was set for high quality football at the Stony Creek Recreation Reserve. Conditions were perfect with 19 degree weather and no wind.

For Foster mates Matt Brown and Darren Granger, the win was a thriller as they played in their 100th and 150th Senior games for Foster respectively.

The first three quarters were evenly matched with both teams going goal for goal.

Foster held the lead by just a handful of points going into the long break, but Stony Creek was able to reclaim the upper hand by five points with one quarter to go.

Foster clicked into gear and proved its fitness in the last quarter. The determination to win was vital, as Foster had suffered a few injuries and only had one player left on the bench.

Foster played a strong game through the middle and found a number of clean entries into the forward line. Matthew Clark and David Cook provided a mountain of work through the midfield. Matthew Wilson also led the way by setting up a number of goals and allowing Foster to gain some much needed momentum. The Tigers were converting better in the last quarter than they had all game, which made the difference. Two late goals in the quarter solidified a comfortable win for the Tigers.

For Stony Creek, Jack Stuart played a physical game on ball and Jacob Byrnes was praised for his strong marking in the forward line.

Hayden Egerton was creative through the midfield and Jackson Nolan played in some tough battles in the back against Foster key forward Thomas McGowan.

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TOORA hosted Fish Creek on Saturday in near perfect conditions for footy, thumping the Kangas by 40 pts.

The Magpies dominated the first quarter through their midfield, Weston and Pintus cleaning up out of the centre. The Kangas’ backs were under enormous pressure as the pies kicked 4-7 and kept the kangas scoreless for the quarter.

Mitchell and Manders were proving hard to control, dominating in the air. Toora’s poor kicking in front of the goals was keeping Fish Creek in the game with goals to Shaw and Smith, but it was in midfield where the pies were in control. Costly turnovers saw Toora skip out to a 33-point lead at half-time.

The two big boys Scammel and Adlington were having a great duel in the ruck, but it was on the ground where Toora were smashing the Creek pumping ball into Manders, Mitchell and co. Again, poor goal kicking was preventing the pies from really putting Fish Creek to bed.

Manders kicked his 4th to seal the deal. Late goals to Fishy kept the final margin to 40pts.

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